Day 8: Anchor Christmas 2008
Tree: Jeffrey Pine, Pinus jeffreyi
Neck Label Text: This is the thirty-fourth “Our Special Ale” from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. In ancient times trees symbolized the winter solstice when the earth with its seasons appears born anew.
Tasting Notes: Tulip glass. You know the one. Coffee is the first thing that comes to mind. A little orange on the nose. Some chocolate on the finish. This one also has a bit of that leather, tobacco, cherry, raisin, fig flavor to it. Things are definitely improving as we move closer to the present year. Six years out is pretty good. Not much spice on this one or much of the spruce/evergreen taste. The carbonation is definitely holding up better as well.